Archive for March 1st, 2010


Recounting childhood memories

This past weekend, I met with Terence Lloren who runs “Growing up with Shanghai”, a project series of sound walks with young Shanghainese who grew up in the city in the 1980s and 90s, a period of rapid modernization.

This project is a labor of love for Terence, an American sound recordist/artist who now calls Shanghai home. The recordings are current sounds of Shanghai in the form of dialogue and the natural setting of the hustle and bustle of Shanghai’s streets. The interviewee speaks of memories of childhood locations and a past life, often unrecognizable with new roads and buildings.

On the most recent soundwalk, we were led by Yunqin (who also goes by Emelie), a chatty girl with journalistic aspirations, who took us through a neighborhood in Putuo District in Shanghai, around 兰溪路 (Lanxi Road) and 北石路 (Beishi Road) where she lived until she was 12.

When she was done, she remarked, “I feel as if I cannot stop talking, I could go on forever.”

Her story and many others can be found on the “Growing up with Shanghai” website. The dialogue is in Shanghainese, a deliberate decision to preserve and emphasize the importance of local dialects in China. However, English transcripts allow easy access to this significant project, one that will be hugely appreciated in many years to come.

Continue reading ‘Recounting childhood memories’


All rights reserved

Please do not use content from this website without the author's permission.


Twitter Updates

  • RT @YCW_Global: Know somebody doing outstanding work in the China field? Take 3 minutes to submit a nomination for the first annual Young C… 8 hours ago
  • @SixthTone In Shanghai, a fellow passionate sound artist does the same and more. 2 days ago
  • RT @SixthTone: As time marches on, many classic Beijing sounds have disappeared — vendors, bells, more — but this man has collected hundred… 2 days ago
  • RT @HSBC: Six HSBC leaders have been named on the @FinancialTimes & @HERoesinB Champions of Women in Business lists, in recognition of thei… 4 days ago
  • RT @HSBC: David Liao, President and CEO of HSBC China discusses the rise of the Chinese consumer. Read more in @SCMPNews on what this means… 4 days ago
March 2010
« Feb   Apr »